We’re sure England fans were keeping an extra eye on Japan’s clash with Senegal this afternoon.
The Three Lions secured passage to the next round with their brilliant 6-1 win over Panama earlier today, which means they’ll definitely play against someone from Group H in the last 16; be it Japan, Senegal, Poland or Colombia.
And while nothing’s certain, there’s a strong chance it could be either Japan or Senegal following their 2-2 draw today, which means both teams are in control of their own fate.
Simply put, if they each win their last game of the group, then they’re through to the last 16.
Goals from Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and a late strike from Keisuke Honda were the highlights of the game, but one moment towards the end of the first-half has got everyone talking.
It’s not everyday you hear fans raving about an offside trap.
After all, it’s more something you’d expect a coach to appreciate.
But plenty of us were loving Japan’s wonderful movement when defending a Senegal set-piece on the 44th minute, which saw the Japanese back-line move in unison to leave five Senegalese attackers in an offside position as the ball was whipped into the box.
The quick movement and understanding between the players was poetry in motion.
Honestly, we can’t remember an offside trap executed with such precision – and it’ll no doubt go down as one of the most pleasing things we’ll see at this World Cup.